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When recieving quotes for a sprinkler system, what should I be looking for? I''ve had the following ranges across 4 quotes; # XXXXX heads: 30 - 38, # XXXXX zones: 3 quotes at 5-6 zones / 1 quote at 9 zones, Price quoted: $2,600 - $3,400... The lowest price quoted comes out at approx. $72/head for 37 heads & 6 zones. Highest price quoted comes out at approx. $103/head for 33 heads & 5-6 zones.
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The number of heads and/ or zones should not be the determining factor, as long as the yard is being evenly watered. More important would be the quality of the materials being installed, for a longer lasting, less maintenance system. Some of these include:

Heavy grade of pipe: Schedule 40 PVC laterals and sprinkler mains
Type L copper domestic mains
Proven heads: Toro, Hunter, Rain Bird
Impact resistant sub-head assemblies
Double swing joints
Triple swing joints
Sturdy brass valves: Superior and Champion sprinkler valves.
Hammond and Stockham ball and gate valves
Deep trenches: 8 inches for laterals, 12 inches for mains
Pressure regulation when pressure exceeds 100 pounds.
Surge protection by following design standards that limit the demand on the water supply.
Proven automatic controllers with simple operating characteristics: Irritrol, Hunter, Rain Bird

It is also important that the contractor cares; this will provide the best sprinkler system that is convenient, efficient, and durable. The system should be easily serviceable after installation.

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